Whitney Jones

News Reporter

Whitney grew up listening to Car Talk to and from her family’s beach vacation each year, but it wasn’t until a friend introduced her to This American Life that radio really grabbed her attention. She is a recent graduate from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she studied journalism. When she’s not at WKMS, you can find her working on her backyard compost pile and garden, getting lost on her bicycle or crocheting one massive blanket.

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Morning Cram
8:30 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Morning Cram [forbidden love edition]

From NPR: It’s a pre-independent India love story. Now 90 years old, Debika Ghosh , recalls how she jumped off a train and went without the family blessing just to marry the husband she lived with for 60 years.

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2013 KY General Assembly
8:10 am
Thu February 14, 2013

House Panel Moves Bill to Take DNA After Arrest

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that will require police to take DNA samples when they arrest people on felony charges. If the measure is approved by the full Legislature, Kentucky would join 25 other states that take DNA samples from felony arrestees.

The vote was unanimous and will proceed to the full House for consideration.

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Environment
7:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Kentucky Forest Fire Hazard Season Begins

Credit www.en.wikipedia.com

Spring forest fire hazard season begins Friday across Kentucky. The Division of Forestry says burning anything within 150 feet of woodlands during daylight hours is illegal between Feb. 15 and April 30. Debris fires may be legally set after 6 p.m., when conditions are less likely to spread flames.

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Society
7:30 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Illinois Union Wants Violent Inmates to Stay Put

The union representing Illinois correctional workers is demanding a stop to what it says is the transfer of violent maximum-security prison inmates to less-secure lockups.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says in one instance up to 15 inmates were being moved to medium-security prisons. The inmates allegedly beat two guards and a chaplain at Menard prison last week. The union is worried increased violence has ushered a return of "circuit riders," or keeping troublemakers isolated by moving them from prison to prison.

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Politics
7:10 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Illinois' Sheila Simon Won't Seek Re-election

Credit Chicago Press Release Services

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she won't seek re-election next year but is weighing her options when it comes to seeking another public office. She declined to give details, but she spent much of a news conference yesterday playing up her legal and financial experience.

Political experts say the move points toward exploring a run for attorney general or another statewide office and would allow for Simon to fundraise separately from Gov. Pat Quinn, who has seen his approval rating dip. It would also allow Simon to see who else is running.

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Society
6:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Illinois Judge Won't Delay Lawsuit Over Gay Marriage Ban

Thomas More Society attorneys say they aren’t too unhappy that a Cook County judge ruled against them in a gay marriage case. Chicago-based Thomas More Society attorney Tom Brejcha says he is looking forward to briefings on the motion to dismiss the case. A Cook County judge denied the law firm's request yesterday  to delay the case pending U.S. Supreme Court action on gay marriage.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:36 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Senate Passes Legislation to Legalize Medi-Share

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A Christians-only health care ministry that was forced out of Kentucky last year is one step closer to being allowed back after the state Senate approved legislation Wednesday.

The bill would exempt Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry, from state insurance regulations. It passed unanimously.

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2013 TN General Assembly
6:30 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Votes Expected on TN Constitutional Amendments

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Tennessee’s Senate is expected to vote on two constitutional amendments today. One would prohibit any state or local taxation of payroll or earned personal income, and the other would allow the governor to appoint appellate judges, subject to legislative confirmation.

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Morning Cram
7:54 am
Tue February 12, 2013

The Morning Cram [when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie edition]

From NPR: Guys, want to impress your valentine? Make her this easy coffee gelato-like dessert or if she’s a salty gal you can go with a fancy version of everyone’s favorite meal, macaroni and cheese. And as a bonus, you can tell her you’re staying true to Valentine’s Day’s roots. All the recipes are inspired by the same romantic, pasta-loving country that was home to St. Valentine – Italy.

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Business
7:50 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Tennessee Opens Four Overseas Offices to Focus on Exports

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Department of Economic and Community Development announced Monday that the state is opening four international offices that will focus on increasing exports from the state. The new development offices will be in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and China.

ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty says this step is imperative if Tennessee wants to access untapped markets. The overseas offices will help small and medium sized businesses navigate the exporting process by providing market analysis, sales and marketing planning, identification of distribution partners and company matchmaking free of charge.

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